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Lucky Kat - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

451 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jjayjaye on 02-14-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Lucky Kat purrs as he pours with a grin on his mangy face and a grin in his searching eye. He sits on the fence he calls home, dividing up from down. Is he an imperial beast or a pale soul from the east? Only he knows and we know only this: if you reach out to pet him he'll bite back with a big, hoppy kiss.

60 IBU
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Ratings: 451 | Reviews: 316
Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely grapefruit-hops flavors dominate, as is typical of an IPA, though I do detect some fruity undertones--peach, maybe apricot--that are a surprising but welcome addition, and set this brew apart from its peers. Much like the Cheshire Cat-like logo that grins at you from the label, then, this IPA isn't quite what it seems. Unlike the Cat, however, this Kat doesn't disappear just when you're getting into the role. Purists may scoff at the fruitiness and sugars present in here, but I think it's a marvelous beverage.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The brew looks the part of a hazy copper IPA, replete with big froth and lace. Some tropical fruity and citric hops are noted, but an equal amount of sugar cookie and caramel is apparent. I dig the hop bouquet, but it is not at the right level of intensity for me; I also like the malt component, but it is too evenly matched with the hop to produce the dynamics I prefer.
Overall, this is a nice, solid beer that just has too underwhelming and mild of a profile, as MH IPAs often are.

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lucky Kat was the first IPA I ever had from Magic Hat. The Blind Faith hadn't been brought back yet so this was the only IPA they were doing at the time. This brew pours as a murky golden color with a white head. The aroma is pretty hoppy for the most part. The taste is bitter, it's got a pretty good hop bite to it and leave a decent aftertaste. This IPA is pretty good, I'm glad the Blind Faith is back though because I feel that one is the better of the two that they offer.

Photo of KajII
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

It poured a cloudy amber with a reddish hue in color almost like a dark cider. It had a very small tan head that was fully diminishing and had fair lacing that did a good job of sticking to the glass.

The aroma was mild of a toasted bread malt, a piney hop and a touch of an earthy yeast with hints of citrus and caramel.

The taste was surprisingly mild with the with a touch of malts and a hint of caramel in the beginning, then becoming a tad more on the bitter side with a note of citrus at the end. The flavor was left to linger well after the swallow allowing some mild enjoyment until the next sip.

The mouthfeel was a little light in body for an IPA and had a semi-dry texture to it with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall kind of mild for an IPA. Although nice tasting and quite drinkable, most definitely could have stepped it up a notch in the hops department.

Photo of Amalak
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.

A. It has a caramel cloudiness to it. Basically opaque. Lots of sediment. It has a solid head that leaves some lacing.

S. Nice floral and bitterness.

T. Like the scent, very floral with a caramel sweetness. Solid bitter, but not over the top. Good balance.

Photo of BrunnerG
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

one of my favourites out of Magic Hat

it has a very amber colour. Cloudy, no doubt because it is unfiltered.

Smell is a bit weak, but fruity

Taste is vaguely fruity and bitter, with a significant bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is full, but not remarkable. moderately carbonated.

Easy to drink for a Magic Hat fan such as myself, but too bitter to most of my family :P, highly recommended

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This inviting amber IPA comes housed in a memorably wacky grinning Cheshire cat art bottle. The nose is fresh and hoppy, with hints of fruitiness. Taste is mellow without being too laid-back. Not as bold as some IPAs, but certainly an enjoyable drink.

Photo of drizzam
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured slightly cloudy and amber in color, topped with a half finger off white head. The thin cap of a head didn't stick around very long, and there wasn't a lot in terms of lacing.

S - Doesn't smell like much of an IPA...more caramel in the nose with a touch of sweet fruit. I hope the aroma isn't indicative of the taste.

T & M - I'm glad the hops that were missing in the nose decided to show up in the taste. This certainly isn't a hop bomb, but there is an earthy hop presence, balanced with some sweet malt. Mouthfeel is rather thinnish and it finishes crisp with just a slight hop aftertaste.

D - In terms of IPA's, there are better out there, and they are abundant. This wasn't a bad brew by any means, but the hops seemed under-represented. It would be an excellent Summer brew for a barbeque or any other outdoor get together.

Photo of nghab
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium copper colour, long-lasting creamy head, lace, good clarity

Aroma: mildly hoppy, subdued for an AIPA, floral, piney, herbal, some toasty and biscuity malt notes, mild esters (peachy)

Flavour: medium bitterness, some citrusy hop flavour, decent malt backbone, some caramel character, hop flavour lingers into finish, more hop character in the flavour than was apparent in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium-low carbonation, some creaminess, smooth, not astringent

Drinkability: not as assertive as most AIPAs but a credible hop presence nonetheless, fairly "sessionable" to enjoy on the front porch on a summer evening, this would be more accurately classified as an APA rather than an (A)IPA.

Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours medium to dark amber, a little cloudy. Little white foam resides.

Strong toffee notes in the nose. Hoppy taste that resonates throughout. Some roasted notes in there for good measure. Good balanced carbonation.

Pretty good overall, the hops are tasty and really held in check by the surrounding flavors. Good drinker.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Good head retention, nice dark malt body with a copper color. Off white head

S: Slightly less powerful than that of the taste.

T: Smooth roasted taste with a nice hop finish.

M: Very creamy

D: Good for the need to go back to taste, but the ABV is present.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 17 May 2010.

Served in a Dillon Dam shaker pint. Large foamy orangey head. Medium carbonation. Slightly hazy, copper color. Aroma is sweet and somewhat musty. Starts nutty sweet, becoming earthy bitter with an herbal finish. Aftertaste is fairly nutty, like almond skins, touch of caramel. Medium creamy body.

Decent, but not likely to get this again.

Photo of macrent2
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a very orange colour with a nice amount of carbonation and a 2 finger head. The problem was it disapated very quickly. No lacing visible.

Aroma:
Light honeysuckle/clover smell.

Palate:
Nicely carbonated, nice mouthfeel.

Flavour:
Honey is a definantly noticable flavor with a balance of clover and floral notes. Some caramel flavour as well. A bit bitter but not what I was expecting from an IPA.

Overall:
A bit above average, might have this again!

Photo of yesyouam
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Magic Hat Lucky Kat is a hazy amber ale with a frothy, off-white head that fades to bubbly film and leaves outstanding lacing. It has a sweet, malty aroma with notes of dried fruit. It has a pretty smooth medium-light body that's a little flat and a little watery with a slightly gritty finish. It's a little sweet and a little bitter-- pretty well balanced. It tastes grainy, doughy and a little cheesy. It kinda tastes like old hops that went early in the boil. Is this an ESB? This is an acceptable beer.

Photo of DNICE555
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle at Roberto's.

Cloudy orange color. A peach syrup malty aroma. A minor hop presence in the aroma. I would expect this aroma from a lager. Peach and malt up front, hops way in the back. I understand I am a hophead but the mouthfeel seems unbalanced favoring the malty(democratic) wing over the republican(hops). Not a bad beer but if I want an IPA then I want nothing to do this with this "IPA."

Photo of Buebie
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Under the cap reads; 'to be olden is golden'. Not sure on its meaning, but I like it.

Poured from the brown 12oz single from the mix and match wall, into a pub glass. Producing about 2 inches of off white frothy head. Slow to recede, leaving a good cap and thicker collar of retention. Lace is sticky, not thick, but sticky and clings to the walls nicely.
Color is an unfiltered pale amber. I like the unfiltered look, as usual.

Aroma of earthy mildly hemped hops, a buttery bready sweetness in there with caramel and honey malt.
A delicious smelling beer indeed. Although not one that would resemble an ipa, as the bottle states.

A modest dose of sweet caramel filled malt, becoming a bit more bitter in hop presence. Earthy, mild pine a touch of mint leafy flavors and herbal tea mixing again with hemp.
Hops are ultra mild for an american ipa, but for an english ipa this is following the style well. The herbal notes and mild spiciness is doing it for me.

Mouthfeel is slick and has a bit of body to it, mixing with carbonation for an even balance.

A sessionable beer that wont destroy your palette. Very nice beer guys.

Photo of jmerloni
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A boring clear orange that is very bubbly and carbonated. Head is decent and it laces fine.

S - Great aroma. Peach hops, apricot, orange rind, yeast, and coriander.

T - Holy hops. One of the hoppiest brews I've had in a while. They really dropkick your tastebuds at every sip. Apricot, peach is the flavor. Not too citrusy and where it is it's dull and doesn't taste too fresh. Yeast is there. Kinda bready.

M - Not very good. Overly carbonated perhaps to mask the averageness of the citrus flavors which are quite dull and musky. Finish isn't great.

D - Very drinkable. I could drink a 6 of these easy over the summer. Pretty great drinkability. But they do work away at the tastebuds.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with thin head. Negligible carbonation and decent lacing.

S: Clean hops, citrus, and maybe a hint of herb.

T: Respectable. Tart hops and biscuity malt. Crisp and smooth with a dry and lightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Refreshing. The citrusy crispness feels nice and carbonation seems to develop as the beer rolls around in my mouth.

D: Very drinkable. A solid (I)PA, as expected from Magic Hat. I enjoy these in my variety packs, but probably wouldn't grab a six-pack.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Man I can't believe I didn't review this beer yet! I had it fresh and again with about a year under it's belt (old variety pack)

Best fresh!

A - Cloudy orange in color with decent head.
S - Not a hop bomb as expected since I can smell hops and malt in sync.
T - When I first had it I loved it. It seemed just hoppy enough to get me to love IPA (since most to me were so harsh they were like floor cleaner. But malty and sweet enough to have more.
M - Silky and dry for 6 percent.
D - I may have to get some more fresh but it really is a solid IPA.

Photo of Kitt
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle to pint, a solid, rich, orange-brown. One finger head dissipates rather quickly but leaves prominent lacing.

Aroma, un-remarkable. I'm not picking much up here. Mostly malt with some hint of straw hops. Either I'm congested, or there really isn't much to go on.

Taste is a bit surprising given aroma noted above. Palete met with a sharp cheddar-cheese like assault of bitter hops and weak malt background. Bitter flavor lingers quite well. Virtually no hint of any citrus like many in its class; said citrus might balance well with the sharp bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel is okay, seems a bit over-carbonated.

Drinkibility is adequate.

Overall, I'm not finding much to this IPA beyond the sharp bitterness. Definitely is lacking an eclectic hoppy, pine, citrus, or malty mix - any of which would provide a pleasant backbone to balance the rather mundane hop flavor. Although I like bitter hops,there isn't much else here.

Photo of garymuchow
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma notes a rather prominent yeast aroma which prevents the hope character from showing forth enough. Too bad. A green, somewhat grassy aroma and a dull generic hop quality.
Smallish but dense head with lacing. Darker amber of orange and gold and slightly cloudy.
Light soft watery start before a thundershower of hops appear simultaneously with green weedy grassy taste and a pronounced bitterness that doesn't let up for a good long while. The bitterness then blends into a mild dryness. As warms some malty almost fruity sweetness appears. That's nice.
Fully carbonated leaving it more filling than the lighter body would indicate.
This isn't a beer I'd search out or even greatly look forward to, but it's a decent drinker and worth an imbibe.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another magic hat from the spring variety pack...

Pours from the bottle a deep amber with reddish hues, light head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. not great presentation but the deep amber is nice looking.

Smell is weak on this one, picking up some malty notes and mild hops, with a bready/biscuity scent too.

Taste is actually an ok combination of malt and mild citrusy hops. Read a few reviews that pin pointed this as closer to a strong ale, with stronger malt notes rather than hops and I kind of agree.

Mouthfeel is nicely bitter, with lightly lingering flavors, but nothing strong.

I find this to be a relatively easy drinking beer, but i'm not sure if i want to have more than 2. Overall, an ok brew.

Photo of tjd112
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Cloudy amber with finger head and

Smell - Citrus, pine, and some bread

Taste - Very hoppy, yet bready at the same time

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy with a dry finish

Drinkability/Overall - A good representation of the style

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark amber with a half finger tan head Very good retention and sticky lacing on this one (I live near Vermont though, it's fairly fresh).

S - Pine, citrus, and has a sour bready aspect to it. Not as much hop aroma as I was hoping for.

T - A fairly balanced APA, but not exactly what I would consider an IPA. Slightly bitter, dry finish with hints of dark fruit. Not enough hop flavor for me, and I am not tasting the Amarillo hops as much as I was hoping to. It's not a bad pale ale though.

M - Oily with a medium-full body.

D - It could be sessionable but I am going to reach for something else after this one.

Photo of Brent
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite a let-down here - not sure what Magic Hat had in mind - this beer seems to be getting very wide distribution, so I expected something a bit more inspired. Nice deep gold fading to amber color, but the hopping was a nondescript, uninteresting generic bitterness. Not bad, but certainly not something a cared for a second of. For the American IPA, this is a scared kitty.

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Lucky Kat from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.